While speculation is rife about a possible takeover of AMD by Dell, the Texas manufacturer announces its results for its fourth fiscal quarter 2011. Dell stores and over the period a turnover of 15.692 billion dollars, up 5% year on year. This is good but less impressive increase of 177% of its quarterly net profit which stood at 927 million dollars against 334 million a year earlier.

If Dell takes advantage of good results, it owes to businesses, a sector in which it has focused since it represents better margins and growth prospects, particularly in the areas of cloud computing and servers. And all revenues related to Corporates, Utilities & SMBs grew 9% year on year to 12.4 billion. For its consumer division, Dell also recorded an increase (+11%) to 3.3 billion dollars but only from the previous quarter as sales in the sector is down 8% year on year.

It must be said that for many models, the brand offers fewer configuration options. His Studio XPS 15 and XPS 17 have won their share of good value equipment for money, hence the increase over the third quarter, but not enough to reverse the downward trend.